Banff travel guide

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You're Going to Love Banff

With a population of 7,502, Banff is a must-see destination in Alberta, Canada. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. Banff deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Where to Eat in Banff

If you’re looking for affordable options, Sleeping Buffalo (700 Tunnel Mountain Road) and Nourish Bistro (110-211 Bear St) are great picks.

When to visit Banff

Banff in April
Estimated hotel price
C$ 202
1 night at 3-star hotel
Banff in April
Estimated hotel price
C$ 202
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Banff in July, when the average temperature is 15 °C, and the highest can go up to 22 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is December, when it can get as cold as -13 °C, with an average temperature of -9 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in June, when precipitation is around 68 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Banff, with an average rainfall of 17 mm.

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How to Get to Banff

Plane

Although Banff doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Calgary Airport (YYC), which is located 67 miles from Banff. Calgary Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Air Canada, Air France, Aeromexico and other airlines departing from Canada. The shortest domestic flight to Banff departs from Vancouver and takes around 1h 14m.

Car

Another option to get to Banff is to pick up a car rental from Calgary, which is about 66 miles from Banff. You’ll find branches of Routes Car & Truck Rentals and Thrifty, among others, in Calgary.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Banff, including Rider Express, Cold Shot and Red Arrow. From Edmonton, the bus ride to Banff takes 165 miles and will cost you around C$ 95. From Kamloops, the ticket costs about C$ 229 for a journey of 510 miles. The most popular bus station is Banff Banff, Ab, located 0.5 miles from downtown Banff. Banff Red-Carpet Inn is also a commonly used station, and is 0.4 miles from the city centre.

Plane

Although Banff doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Calgary Airport (YYC), which is located 67 miles from Banff. Calgary Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Air Canada, Air France, Aeromexico and other airlines departing from Canada. The shortest domestic flight to Banff departs from Vancouver and takes around 1h 14m.

Car

Another option to get to Banff is to pick up a car rental from Calgary, which is about 66 miles from Banff. You’ll find branches of Routes Car & Truck Rentals and Thrifty, among others, in Calgary.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Banff, including Rider Express, Cold Shot and Red Arrow. From Edmonton, the bus ride to Banff takes 165 miles and will cost you around C$ 95. From Kamloops, the ticket costs about C$ 229 for a journey of 510 miles. The most popular bus station is Banff Banff, Ab, located 0.5 miles from downtown Banff. Banff Red-Carpet Inn is also a commonly used station, and is 0.4 miles from the city centre.

Airports near Banff

Airlines serving Banff

Lufthansa
Good (4,574 reviews)
KLM
Good (851 reviews)
SWISS
Good (920 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,402 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,593 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,276 reviews)
Air France
Good (970 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,543 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (482 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,925 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,119 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,481 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,664 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (222 reviews)
Finnair
Good (886 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (833 reviews)
LOT
Good (681 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,152 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (915 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,459 reviews)
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Where to stay in Banff

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Hi Banff Alpine Centre - Hostel and Homestead Inn Banff.

Where to stay in popular areas of Banff

Most booked hotels in Banff

Moose Hotel and Suites
4 stars
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
C$ 303+
Fairmont Banff Springs
4 stars
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 610+
The Rimrock Resort Hotel Banff
4 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 444+
Hi Castle Mountain Hostel
1 star
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 42+
Castle Mountain Chalets
3 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 200+
Banff Park Lodge
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 178+

Renting a car in Banff

Renting a car in Banff costs C$ 83 per day, on average, or C$ 166 if you want to rent it for 2 days. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Banff is the Avis branch at 317 Banff Avenue, which is 0 miles from the downtown.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 11% more expensive than at Calgary.

Expect to pay C$ 1.94 per litre in Banff (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 23.19 and C$ 30.92. The most frequently booked car type in Banff is Intermediate (Hyundai Elantra or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Chevrolet Spark or similar) are, on average, 52% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Banff costs C$ 83 per day, on average, or C$ 166 if you want to rent it for 2 days. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Banff is the Avis branch at 317 Banff Avenue, which is 0 miles from the downtown.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 11% more expensive than at Calgary.

Expect to pay C$ 1.94 per litre in Banff (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 23.19 and C$ 30.92. The most frequently booked car type in Banff is Intermediate (Hyundai Elantra or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Chevrolet Spark or similar) are, on average, 52% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.